Kenting, Taiwan

There aren’t enough minutes in a day for me to do everything that I want to do! Like writing postcards, updating my blog, and uploading photos onto Facebook.. I’ll just take one bite at a time. Now, let me recap what I did this past weekend: I went to Kenting, Taiwan, the most famous beach getaway in Taiwan!

The hostel we stayed at had a gorgeous view of ‘sailboat rock’ (帆船石). Even though it was a 30 minute walk to Kenting main street from the hostel, it was still totally worth it!

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On the first night I walked to the Kenting night market with Kat because we arrived 4 hours before anyone else. I love Kenting night market! It’s so wide and spacious, and there is a huge selection of food! In my opinion it’s better than the night markets in Taichung because everything is on one street, so someone like me won’t get lost.

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On the second day we went to Eluanbi lighthouse. It is the southern-most lighthouse in Taiwan, and close to the southern-most point of Taiwan. It’s located in a pretty national park, complete with a ‘kissing stone’! (2 stones that look like they’re kissing)

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We then proceeded to drive ATV’s, snorkeled at Houbihu (後壁湖), and played a couple of water activities (doughnut-shaped tube and ‘big foot’-shaped tube, pulled by jet ski’s). The day doesn’t end there! We then watched the sunset at Guan mountain (關山)…

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… then went to look at natural gas fires at 出火, before heading to the night market again, and finally ending the night with a BBQ by the beach next to the hostel and playing ‘screw your neighbours’. :)

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As for the third day? Spent the whole afternoon at ‘Inner Bay’ (內灣). Relaxing day by the beach. Perfect ending to a fun-filled and awesome weekend. Thanks for making this trip a reality, Jun-jun!! :)

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Lunch!

I eat out for lunch and dinner almost every day! Getting to try out all the local Taiwanese eats. :)

Lunch today:

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Avocado pudding milk.

It’s a twist to avocado milk! I’m going to try making this at home in the future. The Taiwanese egg pudding adds a sweet kick to avocado milk. Another interesting thing is that avocados are so big in Asia… They are 3 to 4 times larger than the Mexican variety.

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Intestine noodles with meat paste, intestines, and eggs.

Starch is added to the soup so that it isn’t soupy, and it’s thick enough to be picked up along with the noodles. Definitely a must eat for those who want to try authentic Taiwanese street food!

Yi Zhong Street Night Market – Taichung, Taiwan

I went to Yi Zhong Street Night Market in Taichung on Saturday night. Taichung is famous for its large Feng Jia night market, but it was too far from where we were (and late as well, because we watched”Pacific Rim”). I love Taiwan night markets because there’s always so much to see and so much to eat!!

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There are also stores to visit, not just street stands, so it’s eating, then shopping, then more eating, and more shopping! Clothes, cellphone accessories, bags, plushies~ Deep fried food, grilled food, bubble tea!!

I love Taiwan night markets.

Cat Poop Coffee

I got to try luwak coffee today, aka ‘cat poop coffee’. It is essentially coffee berries that have been ingested by civets (a cat-like animal), the beans fermented in the digestive tracts of civets, then the beans pooped out and roasted.

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I like the low acidity of the coffee, since acidity has always been an issue for me when it comes to coffee. I shouldn’t have had so many cups though, because now I can’t sleep! Sleepless night in Taichung, Taiwan… I’ll recap the trip in my next post. This weekend getaway was fun while it lasted. Back to Pingtung tomorrow! Now I have to try and go back to sleep…

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Red

I’m in love with Taylor Swift’s album “Red”. I can’t find a single song that I don’t like from the album! I know that people say Taylor Swift only writes songs about her own relationships and blame everything on the guy, but I think she writes some amazing music. She’s a great artist because she not only sings, she knows how to write lyrics and music.

She also writes songs that I can relate to.

“Loving him was red… Losing him was blue like I’d never known… Missing him was dark grey all alone”

Snorkeling

I went snorkeling for the first time today and it really made me think twice about scuba diving. I really want to see the world below, but it’s actually quite scary! When you’re deep under the water, you are relying on an oxygen tank to keep you alive. If that thing ever runs out of oxygen or your regulator fails you, who knows how long it’ll take to get back up to the surface again? I guess I realized just how small and weak I actually was after experiencing snorkeling today.

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Scuba diving is still on my bucket list though! :)

I didn’t see much during the snorkeling today though since the water was still very murky from typhoon. Hoping to see more next time!

Video Games

I didn’t really play any video games as I was growing up. I feel like I’m kind of missing out now because the majority of the interns play League of Legends. I met a friend this summer who would make a very good teacher. He told me that he learned leadership skills through playing video games! Studies have also shown that those who play video games have quicker response times when it comes to making a decision. How fascinating.